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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Sep 1, 2010 11:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH - Down On The Farm

A great, energetic show that stands up to the 8/21-8/24 run pretty well, performance wise at least. My personal favorite cuts are the great Dark Star to kick things off, as well as the Eleven and Alligator. Any thoughts on this one?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-09-02.sbd.miller.22095.sbeok.shnf (this version sounds a lot better than the other, despite the track list being messed up)

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 2, 2010 2:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm

In my humble opinion, the best Dark Star of 1968. 9/2/68 would make a great commercial release. Perhaps one day? I can only wonder what the festival closing jam sounded like...

"On the last day of August, Jon McIntire got a phone call from friends in the band It's a Beautiful Day, telling him that the scene at the Sky River Rock Festival was a groove, and the Dead should come on up. Rural, local, and aesthetically hip, Sky River had a small audience of no more than twenty thousand, and acts that were far more diverse than just rock bands. The festival management made them welcome, so off they went the next day. It was a delightful jaunt, and the festival's closing jam, which featured Big Mama Thornton, James Cotton, and, at various times, Mickey Hart, Pigpen, Kreutzmann, and Garcia, was proof of the upside of spontaneity."
Dennis McNally

http://www.river.org/~esoft/skyriver/

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,838686,00.html

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&;File_Id=5425

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Poster: tghumbead Date: Sep 7, 2010 1:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm

that URL http://www.river.org/~esoft/skyriver above should be changed to http://www.humbead.com/skyriver

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 2, 2010 3:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm

The pics were great CH. Thanks .
I love at the end of the pics it states , " For further information you missed these festivals by a mere 35 years ! "
What is the cop doing in second picture ?
Had link error to 2nd and 3rd links .

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Poster: smokinchains Date: Sep 2, 2010 11:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm

I'm slowly working through this show @ work today. I like the sound of the Miller version, Garcia's guitar tone sounds warm and fuzzy. The jam after the vocals in the Eleven is nice; I love how it decends to spacieness into Death Don't (but it's cut... waaaa). LSD & raspberries must have made for a fun day.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 2, 2010 1:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm/ Raspberry Time !

Yes , yes , yes , CC
DARK STAR , one of the best .
My fav. year . You are right , take anything you can get ,CC . And while not perfect sound , very doable . I would beg like a dog for more scraps of any releases from '68 .

CDC - I could not agree with you more .

edit - that's CCD .
I don't think your handle is the acronym for The Center for Disease Control. :)

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Sep 3, 2010 12:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm/ Raspberry Time !

micah i was hoping you would chime in on this one...been away from the comp this evening due to it being thirsty thursday here and all. us '68 freaks think alike. i too am really hoping for some more releases from this year. maybe by some miracle they will uncover the rest of 6/14/68? enough with the '77s already...

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Sep 2, 2010 4:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm/ Raspberry Time !

Micah - Funny my wife's maiden name initials were CDC, and she's in healthcare! Growing up Catholic, CCD always meant catholic education to me. CCD apparently stands for Confraternity of Christian Doctine, though I never knew that as a kid... sounds a bit imposing, and it's a tongue-twister, so I can undertstand why it was shortened.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 2, 2010 7:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm/ Raspberry Time !

I grew up as a Catholic ( Irish on one side , Polish on the other - seriously ), and taught CCD for several years . Thank God the nuns liked me .
btw - take that ethnic stereotypes above and think of alcohol . Too much ;)

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 2, 2010 4:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm

i always read how incredible this show is, and i've listened of course (afterall, it is '68, the gratest Grateful Dead year), but i think the sound didn't excite me much, so never really listened more than once or twice ... is this in the vault at better audio quality??

however, let me listen again, mayhaps i'll become a believer

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 2, 2010 4:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm

It's worth some attention Thomas, I do consider the performance of Dark Star to be the best of 1968. Still the show is not a top ten of 1968. Don't know if it's in the vault, but likely is, even though Lemieux has never included any of it in his Taper's Section...

9/2/68

Sky River Rock Groove

Berry farm hosts Dead, Santana and others

Photobucket

Mud man


"The best freaking scene ever," said one musician. The Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Show was not dampened by the rain that fell over Labor Day weekend, but made creative use of it. And the proceeds went to an assortment of American Indian and Black organizations.

The Friends of American Indian Rights, the principal Indian beneficiary, the Central Area Committee for Peace and Improvement, and the Black Student Unions of the Pacific Northwest were the principal organizations for which the musicians gave their benefit performances. Some of the proceeds are also going to local institutions for alienated youth, such as the Open Door Clinic and the Seattle Free University.

The music started at 9:30 on Saturday morning and ran till after midnight. Sunday's show ran from nine in the morning till five on Monday and Monday's show was of necessity a little disorganized, but after giving everybody four hours to sleep, the festival wound up with one more eighteen-hour slug of music.

Some forty acts, rock, blues and folk, with a few theater acts such as the Congress of Wonders and the S. F. Mime Troupe, were on stage for the marathon event before an audience of around 15,000. Spectators had trooped in from all over to Betty Nelson's Organic Raspberry Farm in Sultan, Washington (pop. 960), fifty miles outside of Seattle, not to be disappointed.

On Saturday it started to rain. All the less reason to forbid the audience to set up their tents in the field of the natural amphitheater. Soon there was a vast modern-day replica of a Civil War encampment, and the clouds of smoke were immense. The police kept their distance, like decent, law-abiding, privacy-respecting public servants, and everybody was happy.

While the audience was gathered like a great camp meeting in the field, the musicans -- all 175 of them -- were quartered in the three floors of the Camlin Hotel. Musicians, it is well known, are musicians because they like to play music, and the concentration of musical trips was incredible.

And who was there? Santana, Dino Valenti, It's a Beautiful Day, James Cotton, the New Lost City Ramblers, Kaleidoscope, the Youngbloods, Country Joe and the Fish, Phoenix, John Fahey, Mark Spoelstra, H. P. Lovecraft, Big Mama Mae Thornton. The Grateful Dead played a magnificent set for their last appearance with the personnel of their recordings.

By Monday the field was soggy with rain, but spirits were high. A Mud Cult arose in the principal puddle, improvising Mud Rituals and Mud Dances. The baptism consisted of taking long run and belly-flopping (with your clothes on) in the mud, alter which you would be covered with mud and embraced by other cultists.

The Mud People also made half a dozen Charges of the Mud Brigade through the Civil War Encampment. Their Mud Chant went something like, "mud (stomp) mud (stomp) we like mud." Mud was, like they say in ads, Happening, so a couple of dozen fans were swinging with it.

Continuity and saccharine rap between acts were provided by Buddha (not the B., you understand, but a San Francisco underground bartender and former KMPX strikebreaker who goes by the name). His longwindedness was one factor in the concerts' running overtime. Musicians got into the habit of telling each other when they were due on stage in terms such as, "We're on at 4:30-plus-Buddha-rap." "The only crummy ointment on the fly," said one.

The kind of festival it was, when a young man wearing nothing but beads got up on stage during Big Mama's set and started dancing in the lightshow, it was not thought strange. Except perhaps by Big Mama, who had registered dismay when she first saw the Encampment that was to be her audience.

As Big Mama turned to leave the stage, the young man found himself facing the microphone, and impulsively said, "Hey, you know what? I just had a real flash. We're all Jesus Christ," and everybody applauded. Then Big Mama came back to the mike and said, "Wow! Wasn't that weird! I'd heard about it, but I never thought I'd see it!"

There was also a great scheduled balloon ascent, and the balloon was lots of fun, everybody played with it the first day. Then on the second day, the balloon went ahead and ascended, but paying no heed to human schedules. And there was a pig, some sort of personage in the festival. He was already a Mud Cultist from in front.

Many a festival would have been ruined by rain, but not a perfect festival, a festival with lots of festival in it. That's what Sky River was, and Lighter Than Air, too. Many thanks to John Chambless, director, and his assistant Stan Maginnis. And especially to Betty Nelson and her organic berries.

(RS 19, October 12, 1968)



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Poster: tim_oz Date: Sep 2, 2010 9:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm

Hey Cliff, I'd be interested to hear what you consider to be the top 10 shows for 68 if you have the time. From previous posts I think I recall you're a big fan of the Jan/Feb shows.

I don't have a list as such myself and would have to think about what my top 10 would be. Without really thinking about it or considering the competition I probably would include 9/2 in the list. I am perhaps biased as it was one of the first 68 shows I heard and have fond memories of getting acquainted with it.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 3, 2010 2:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm

I do regard the Jan/Feb performances very highly...

01/20/68 (100)
01/22/68 (99)
01/23/68 (98)
02/02/68 (100)
02/14/68 (100)
06/14/68 (99)
06/19/68 (97)
03/17/68 (98+)
08/24/68 (99-100)
10/12/68 (100)

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 2, 2010 4:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm

CH check your mail

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 2, 2010 4:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm

I got your message Sean, thanks.

My battery is about to quit, and I'm rather comfortable on my deck with the dog right now, bothering the neighbors with 4/8/72. I will respond later this evening, when I am ready to go inside.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Sep 2, 2010 11:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm

Nice choice. Loverly Eleven, funky Alligator.

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Poster: Hal R Date: Sep 3, 2010 10:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm

The Sky River Rock Festival is the stuff of legends out here and my older friends that went speak of it in tones of reverance. One of them has the original poster and I would just look at it and wish I was of age to have been there. But it wasn't till today that I realized that this was the same show as Betty Nelson's Organic Raspberry Farm show, because the Dead aren't listed on the poster. (There were two Sky River Rock Festivals, this was the first one).

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Sep 2, 2010 11:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm

Thanks for the reminder about this phenomenal show. The energy & sound on a good '68 board always feel like the sound is being delivered intravenously & directly into my brain. I was surprised to see your review comment about poor sound quality, but I realize there's alot of subjectivity around how sound 'hits' each person. Cheers...

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Sep 2, 2010 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm

i just think the sound is a bit muffled and distorted, especially compared to the august shows and the great sounding boards from 10/12 and 10/13. also the mix is kinda weird at times, with the drums really upfront and the vocals kind of low. but don't get me wrong, its completely listenable. after all, in '68, we takes what we can get; only a slight determent to this great show.

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Sep 2, 2010 12:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Down On The Farm

I hear you.... they're all pretty much treasures from this era. The higher energy level (possibly owing to youth, as WT has said in the past) makes '67-'69 an entirely different animal from '70 - onwards!~

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